In college, all my friends would order this dish from our local takeout place on campus. I thought I could improve the flavors and make it cheaper. Eventually, this recipe for Chinese Sesame Noodles became a frequently requested dish by my roommates and friends. What I love most about this dish is that you can add any vegetable or protein you want to the noodles and peanut dressing.
For peanut dressing
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup hot water (not boiling)
1/3 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey (you may need to add more)
1 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
3/4 lb dried spaghetti
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/8-inch-thick strips
1/2 bunch of asparagus, blanched
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken (leftovers work great)
1 1/2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
Crushed peanuts, for garnish
Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain in a colander, then rinse well under cold water.
Toss pasta, chicken, asparagus, bell peppers in dressing, until thoroughly combined. Drizzle sesame oil over the noodles. Garnish with crushed peanuts and serve immediately.
If you want to add some spice to the dish, add one tablespoon of Sriracha hot sauce to the peanut dressing.